SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Fox Lane High School basketball coach Chris Violante was optimistic for the upcoming season after his team beat South Bronx, 70-45, in the first round of the 2012 Maroon and White Kari Pizzitola Holiday Basketball Tournament on Thursday at Scarsdale High School.
“Everything I thought we did was OK. I didn’t think we did anything great, which I guess is good because it’s better than saying that we did a bad job,” Violante said.
Last year, Fox Lane was led by towering seniors Dylan Peretz and Will Trawick. This year, the Foxes have just three seniors on the roster and are much smaller.
But the Foxes flashed some of their speed in Thursday’s game and played well in the transition game, which will be their bread and butter this season. Guards slashed to the hoop repeatedly and with much success.
Fox Lane rarely plays South Bronx, so the win Thursday should give them confidence even in unfamiliar territory.
“It was tough. I hate not having the opportunity to scout someone and get a good look at them,” Violante said. “But in this situation, we had no choice, and luckily we were able to pull out a victory. It doesn’t make you feel good as a coach. You want to know what you’re going to get.”
The season has just begun for Fox Lane, but Violante was satisfied in his early assessment of his team.
“I was pleased in almost all aspects of the game,” he said. “I think they would agree that we definitely have areas that we need to improve on, but we did a lot of good stuff.
"They work hard in practice. They could definitely work harder. Hopefully the taste of success is going to motivate them (Saturday) night in the championship to get the victory.”